Opinion

Why we watch college football?

Because it’s not American politics, that’s why. OK, so you really don’t need to read the rest of this column. I asked a question in the headline, I answered that question perfectly in the first sentence. My work here is done. But just in case you’re one of those odd-balls who does not properly appreciate

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The End of a Ballplayer’s Career

It is an irrefutable fact that at some point in every athlete’s life, he or she will be forced to admit that his or her playing days are over. While some athletes may choose walk away at their physical peak, most are driven out of their respected sports either by illness, injury, or age. Lou

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Getting shot just a part of the drill

Had it not been a drill, I would have been shot on Friday. As it was, I nearly had a heart attack. I was looking for a few answers to some questions for a story in today’s paper when I visited the SoBoCo school district’s administration office on Friday morning. I could not find anyone

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The Book of Travis, Chapter 45

Last Sunday I completed my 45th lap around that giant, fiery orb at the center of our solar system. The sun has risen and set about 16,430 times since I made my first confirmed appearance in the universe way back in 1971. A lot has changed since then. When I was born, people still rented

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Bank heist should result in jail time

Amid the excitement of fall activities and sports, bunched in with the consternation of the presidential race, we finally saw Congress come together last week in an effort to get something done. Pass a new law? No. Provide some sort of leadership? Not really. But they did provide some much-needed fire-and-brimstone to the Wells Fargo

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Raising Kids the Right Way

My wife bought a new iPhone the other day as a belated birthday present to herself. After Bethany made the mistake of not immediately setting up a passcode, our son Alex promptly made his mother regret the oversight when he changed her lock screen photo to a snapshot of his bare derriere. Happy birthday, Mom!

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Fake grass would stop the mowing

I contemplated mowing my lawn a number of times this past weekend. That is, to say, I thought about it – but the closest I got to the Lawn Boy was to walk past it in the garage and say, “Haha! Not this weekend, buddy.” Yep, mowing my yard so much this summer has me

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Declaring war against deliberate ignorance

There is a war on intellectualism being waged by some in this country. College educated men and women are being vilified as “elitists” by certain members of our society (and also in North Korea and parts of the world controlled by ISIS and Al-Qaeda where intellectuals are publicly executed.) Scientists with PhDs in atmospheric science

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This Day is under-celebrated

Saturday, September 17 is Constitution Day and I’m betting we all celebrate in different ways, if at all, and each of those will be protected by the United States Constitution – as is, believe it or not, this column. The Constitution of the United States has become a little bit more of a political football

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Getting rid of bats requires two brooms, luck

It was an otherwise normal Friday night – the last one of those for a while as I had not gone to the Wright City-SoBoCo Eagles game – and I was getting in just a bit more reading as the midnight hour approached. The wife had long ago gone to bed, but the Boston Terrier

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